|HARRY TRACY: THE LAST OF THE WILD BUNCH (director/writer: William A. Graham; screenwriter: David Lee Henry; cinematographer: Allen Daviau; editor: Ron Wisman ; music: Maribeth Solomon/Micky Erbe; cast: Bruce Dern (Harry Tracy), Helen Shaver (Catherine Tuttle), Michael C. Gwynne (David Merrill), Gordon Lightfoot (U.S. Marshal Morrie Nathan), Fred Diehl (Gov. Raymond Millhouse), Daphne Goldrick (Mrs. Tuttle), Lynne Kolber (Judy Tuttle), Alex Willows(Aspen Times Reporter); Runtime: 100; MPAA Rating: PG; producer: Ronald I. Cohen; Astral Films/Canadian Film Development Corporation; 1982-Canada)|
quirky romanticized elegiac western on Harry
Tracy (Bruce Dern), the legendary outlaw who
rode with Butch Cassidy."
by Dennis Schwartz
quirky romanticized elegiac western on Harry Tracy
(Bruce Dern), the legendary outlaw who rode with
Butch Cassidy. It was shot in Canada's British
Columbia. The western, set at the turn of the last
century, looks like a western but shoots for comedy.
Under the unenthusiastic direction of William
A. Graham ("Street of Dreams"/"Blood
Crime"), the film mostly disappoints. It was written
by David Lee Henry.
is the gentleman outlaw, the only surviving member
from the Butch Cassidy 'Hole-in-the-Wall Gang.' The
bank/train robber and prison escape artist is caught
in 1899, in Aspen, Colorado, on Christmas Eve, after
stealing a horse. While on the run he meets a deceased
federal judge's daughter Catherine Tuttle (Helen
Shaver), from Portland, Oregon, and romantic sparks
fly between them. But a posse tracks him down. Soon
Harry escapes on the train taking him back to a Utah
jail, as Marshal Morrie Nathan (Gordon Lightfoot, folk
singer) gets caught off-guard. On the run in the
wilderness, Harry recruits a failed artist, David
C. Gwynne), to be his sidekick,
They rob a train and a bank, and end up in Portland. A
lawyer running for governor (Fred Diehl)
double-crosses the duo and turns them over to the law,
but Harry escapes from jail after killing several
guards and his betrayer inmate partner Merrill. Harry
then convinces Catherine to go on the run with him to
Seattle, where he's killed by the law after surviving
an intensive manhunt for a few months.
It's based on a true story, except Dern's romance
with Helen Shaver was just created for the film. But
that was a mistake. It never came off as convincing.
Gorgon Lightfoot sings "My Love for You."
REVIEWED ON 5/8/2017 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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